The Art of the Australian Insult

The Turnbull alarm: easily triggered
November 13, 2008, 12:30 am
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“Could somebody please show Malcolm Turnbull some Obama footage, and then explain to him that he doesn’t need to respond to every event like a hysterical car alarm?”

Judith O’Byrne Everton Park, Qld, letter to The Australian.

All the excitement of a bored motor mechanic
November 11, 2008, 1:50 am
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“When he delivered his formal acknowledgement of the US election result to the House of Representatives yesterday, the Prime Minister sounded as though he was reading aloud from the agenda for the National Association of Metallurgists’ annual general meeting.

Only our Prime Minister could take an event like the election of the first black president of the United States and describe it with all the excitement of a bored automotive mechanic listing off things that have gone wrong with your car.”

Annabel Crabb describes Kevin Rudd’s oratory skills.

It’s called oratory, Mr Rudd
November 6, 2008, 3:04 am
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A couple of responses to the US election results from readers of The Australian:

“I hope Kevin Rudd’s speechwriter was listening to the words in Barack Obama’s acceptance speech and that Rudd himself listened to the way Obama spoke. It’s called oratory, Mr Rudd. Nobody went to sleep during that one.
Will Hagon
Beaconsfield, NSW

Thank you for the headline “Rudd is a model leader for Barack” (5/11). In these challenging times, we all need a laugh.
Don Morris
South Hobart, Tas


I guess that it’s only a matter of time before Paul Keating claims it was his policies that won Barack Obama the US presidential election.
Ian Gibson
Wanniassa, ACT

The audacity of hype?
November 4, 2008, 11:28 pm
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“WE now read that Barack Obama’s senior advisers have drawn up plans to lower expectations for his presidency if he wins the election, amid concerns that many of his euphoric supporters are harbouring unrealistic hopes of what he can achieve. I don’t understand. This is the man whom Oprah Winfrey has dubbed “The One”. This is the man who spoke of “the moment when the oceans stopped rising and the planet healed” when he won the nomination. This is the man who told us “we are the ones we’ve been waiting for”. Is Obama now telling us that the audacity of hope is nothing more than audacity of hype?”

Richard Shankland, Pymble NSW, letter to The Australian.